The Kick-off Symposium of the Water Research Network Baden-Württemberg was held in Stuttgart on 14 January 2016. With 190 participants from universities, research institutions, authorities and industry, the event met with great interest.
After the opening remarks by Michael Kleiner (Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the Land of Baden-Württemberg), Prof. Harald Horn (Spokesman of the Network, KIT) presented the aims, content and structures of the Network. Subsequently, Prof. Rainer Helmig (University of Stuttgart), who coordinated the start-up phase of the Network, reported on the 'Path to the Water Research Network Baden-Württemberg'.
Following this, the three funded researcher networks were showcased by Prof. Thomas Braunbeck (Effect-Net, Heidelberg University), Prof. Kerstin Stahl (DRIeR, University of Freiburg) and Prof. Silke Wieprecht (CHARM, University of Stuttgart).
In the afternoon, further aspects concerning the variety of water research in Baden-Württemberg were addressed. Prof. Olaf Cirpka, Prof. Katja Tielbörger (both University of Tübingen), Prof. Erwin Zehe (KIT), Prof. Thomas Berger (University of Hohenheim), Prof. Markus Weiler (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Dietmar Straile (University of Konstanz) could be gained as speakers.
The keynote was given by Prof. James Kirchner from ETH Zurich on 'Hydrological and hydrochemical dynamics, on timescales from minutes to millennia'.
PROGRAMME of the Symposium (in German)
If you are interested in further information on the event, please refer to Ulrike Scherer from the Coordination Office Water Research Network.
Origin of photos: participants of the Kick-off Symposium at the IHK Stuttgart, welcome by Prof. Harald Horn, presentation of Prof. Katja Tielbörger (© U. Scherer).